Rookie cornerback Adoree’ Jackson had the typical ups and downs of a rookie cornerback starting his first NFL game.
Jackson, who got the start in place of LeShaun Sims, who was out with a groin injury, knew that the Oakland Raiders with receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree would target him in his first NFL game.
“That’s what I expected. The older guys told me to go out there and have fun and compete,” Jackson said. “That’s what you should want as a cornerback is for them to go after you. BT (Brynden Trawick), he’s a former Raider, and he told me, ‘You know they’re going to go after you.’ I just smirked and said, ‘Yeah, I know.’”
Jackson’s best defensive play perhaps was knocking a pass in the end zone free from the grasp of Cooper.
“I saw him make a lot of good plays,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “…You’re going against one of the best in the league in your very first start in the NFL. It’s good for you. There’s nothing but good that will come from it.”
Jackson also electrified the crowd by leaping into the air and hurdling a Raiders player on a 35-yard kickoff return.
“I was just trying to make a play. That’s pretty much what I did at SC (Southern California). That’s me being a kid in backyard football and trying to make a play.”
Safety Jonathan Cyprien suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday’s game. Da’Norris Searcy came in to fill in.
The Titans also played without cornerback LeShaun Sims, who sustained a groin injury on Monday and was ruled out on Friday.